Nokia 5800 to Come to Russia First on Dec 05. Expensive
This just in: we received word that the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, the highly anticipated (and first) Nokia touchscreen phone for the masses, will finally be released on December 5, and Russia will be the first country out of the gates.
There has been a lot of talk about the Nokia 5800’s release. A couple weeks ago it was reported that it would be available by the end of the year to a very limited market, but with this report it seems as though it’s even more limited than originally expected.
Right after Russia, the next countries to get stock will be Ukraine and Kazakhstan in late December and January respectively.
The estimated price for the Nokia 5800 when it first comes out will be 16,000 rubles ($600 US/457 EUR), which, if true, is significantly higher then EUR279 promised by Nokia.
Rumor has it that this might be because of the iPhone.
Nokia 5800 will be positioned in Russia as an alternative to Apple phone, and indications are that it should do very good there. With iPhone selling for anywhere between $750-900 in Russia, local wholesalers and retailers felt that they would be leaving a lot of money on the table, where they to sell Nokia 5800 for the original EUR 279 price before taxes. They’ve been putting a lot of pressure on Nokia to increase the price and this is probably the result.
Russian gamers will be able to enjoy the N-gage arena to download, manage and play a wide variety of games, and those who get lost easily can download Nokia Maps 2.0 for navigation and satellite imagery.
There is no word on availability in other countries at this point, but we’re still keeping our fingers crossed for it to be released as expected in India, Spain, UAE, Hong Kong and Indonesia.